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Meaning & Definition of Role in English

English

Role

/roʊl/

noun

1. The actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group

  • "The function of a teacher"
  • "The government must do its part"
  • "Play its role"
    synonym:
  • function
  • ,
  • office
  • ,
  • part
  • ,
  • role

2. An actor's portrayal of someone in a play

  • "She played the part of desdemona"
    synonym:
  • character
  • ,
  • role
  • ,
  • theatrical role
  • ,
  • part
  • ,
  • persona

3. What something is used for

  • "The function of an auger is to bore holes"
  • "Ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
    synonym:
  • function
  • ,
  • purpose
  • ,
  • role
  • ,
  • use

4. Normal or customary activity of a person in a particular social setting

  • "What is your role on the team?"
    synonym:
  • role

Examples of using

He played a key role in the movement.
Play the role of Hamlet.
You need to accept your role.